Please be praying that God will clear a path for the next steps for Abed’s treatment and life.
Abed’s mother is friendly as always and it’s nice to have a little chat with her in English. Please pray for Abed’s improvement and for his mother to continue to walk in patience. She is a strong woman.
Abed’s surgery took around one hour, which was very fast and it was successful.
Abed’s mother and I were very thankful when Abed came out of his surgery. She is still hoping that Abed will be able to be admitted Alyn Rehabilitation Hospital in Jerusalem, but this is taking some time.
Today at Sheba hospital, I visited chubby little Abed and his mother. I found him sitting on his bed in a car seat. I asked his mother why he was sitting in it. She said she believed it to be helpful in strengthening Abed’s muscles and preparing him for sitting up on his own later on. He also gets his milk in this position because it helps him to swallow better. Little Abed has a Inguinal hernia and therefore he needs to have a surgery soon.
His mother is a bit worried about this surgery because of Abed’s other health issues. Please be praying for little Abed and his lovely mother. I really always love to visit them. It feels like visiting a friend. They are like family to me. At the same time, it makes me sad they are here for such a long time and can’t be reunited with their family. So please keep praying for them.
This afternoon, co-worker Sabrina and I stopped by the Sheba hospital pediatric ICU to visit little Abed and his sweet mother. Abed has grown so much since his arrival in Israel four months ago— he looks like a completely different boy from the tiny two-months-premature baby in the pictures his mother showed me.
Abed is still waiting to be transferred to the Alyn Rehabilitation hospital in Jerusalem, and his mother is quite anxious about the possibility of him getting another infection in the ICU at Sheba. In the meantime, though, the nurses in the ICU love having this sweet little guy around— during the fifteen minutes Sabrina and I spent in his room, several of them stopped by to wave and blow kisses to him, and one assured his mother that they were happy to keep him as long as they could.
Even though he is still quite small, he is already very smart, responding to the sound of the voice of his mother, waving and making eye contact. I’m thankful for moments like this where we get the opportunity to share the joy with these dear parents (aunts, uncles, grandparents). Praise the Lord for this.
Her little Abed is doing better step by step. A few weeks ago, they did start to give him a small amount of milk orally and so far he is doing well in taking it. Slowly, they add more liquid to his bottle.
He definitely needs to gain weight as you can see in the pictures, he almost looks smaller than his bottle. Please continue to pray for this lovely little boy and his mother who is patient, but it isn’t always easy.
There are always a lot of things happening at the same time at Shevet with all the children and especially in the hospital. It was the same today when I went with one of our mothers who’s child just finished his surgery and was brought up to the ICU as I found another mother looking worried standing on the side. It was Abed’s mother.
I went to her and greeted her with a warm hug and asked her if something happened with Abed. She told me they are doing a Tracheostomy for him in his room in the ICU. The reason is his lungs are not working properly.
It was quite surprising for me that they did the surgery for him in his room. But the whole procedure took around one hour and thank God it went well.
Abed’s lovely mother told me a few days ago when I visited her, that Abed is taking backwards steps in his healing process and was sad about it. So please continue to lift little Abed and his lovely mother up in your prayers.
Today when I visited the lovely mother of Abed at Sheba hospital, she told me doctors are planning to do a surgery for baby Abed to correct a lung problem, possibly this week. He is taking antibiotics at the moment because he has the hospital bacteria in his blood that many children get when they are there. Abed is really a small baby; you can’t see him very well in the pictures as he is often under his blanket and I’m not allowed to enter his room when I visit due to this bacteria.
Understandably, Abed’s mother is worried about him. Medical staff has reassured her they will take proper steps in the right order for Abed, lung problem or not, to the best of their ability. Please join me in prayer that she may feel God’s peace in the whole difficult situation, and will practice patience during all her time in the hospital. Abed’s little life is in God’s hands, for which I’m thankful. I hope his mother can have the same point of view.
Seeing Abed is always shocking because he is so, so small. The nurse taking care of him asked how his mother was doing with the exchange of rocket fire between Gaza and Israel, and this is very characteristic of the care of the medical staff at Sheba. They show compassion not just for the child as a patient, but for all aspects of the child’s life, and are ready and willing to treat everyone.
Abed is stable, but he is recovering after last week’s bronchoscopy which they had to do because his catheterization done previously in Gaza, a vessel was closed which stifled the blood flow to his lungs. He lived like that for two months.
It is true that there is this sense of renewed fervor for what we are doing because even with all the conflict, we are drawn together over this one little life.
I visited Abed and his mom at Sheba hospital today. She said her little boy is still intubated but stable. I was happy to hear that news after yesterday’s difficulties stabilizing him. Abed’s mother was in quite a good mood today. She has demonstrated much strength throughout Abed’s illness and subsequent surgery.
Please continue to pray for little Abed, that he may recover well and can be extubated soon.
Abed was born two months premature in the Gaza Strip, and immediately put on a respirator due to respiratory distress. After two weeks doctors were able to wean him from this breathing support, but when he was still cyanosed an echocardiogram was performed which revealed his congenital heart defect, a severe narrowing of the aorta.
Doctors have agreed to accept him for emergency transfer to Israel on Sunday.